Michelle Obama on December 12, 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. - Vincent Thian / AP / SIPA

Michelle Obama recently claimed to be suffering from "mild depression" in the last episode of her podcast, broadcast Wednesday on Spotify. The former First Lady questions the confinement, the racial struggles in her country and the "hypocrisy" of the Trump administration.

“I wake up in the middle of the night because something is worrying me, or because I feel a weight,” she explains. I try to play sports, but there were times during my forties when I just didn't feel good. Michelle Obama also says she goes "through these emotional ups and downs that everyone feels", moments "during which we do not recognize ourselves".

We've all been dealing with a lot of change in our lives and our communities. And I couldn't think of anyone better to talk to about this moment then my friend, @michele_norris. You can listen now on @Spotify: https://t.co/9GyFmLFAid #MichelleObamaPodcast pic.twitter.com/fmdOuJlsRO

- Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) August 5, 2020

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"I know I'm going through a form of mild depression," continues the 56-year-old political figure. “Not just because of my forties, but also because of race struggles. And to see this administration, to see its hypocrisy, day after day, is demoralizing. "

Anti-racist demonstrations are regularly organized in the United States, following the death of George Floyd at the end of May under the knee of a white police officer. It is "exhausting" to "wake up and see yet another new story about a black person being dehumanized, injured, killed or falsely accused of something," describes Barack Obama's wife.

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